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BA in Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Sociology prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program focuses on the forces that produce stability and changes in people's behavior, beliefs and attitudes and social organization. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in sociology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical concepts and historical trends in sociology
  • Apply the scientific method to examine sociological issues
  • Describe the importance of values, ethical standards and diversity in sociology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the individual in society in regard to such areas as: culture, socialization, groups and organizations, and crime
  • Discuss some of the underlying factors concerning such areas as: social stratification, global stratification, race and ethnicity, and gender
  • Compare the social dynamics of some of the major social institutions

BA in Sociology Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Sociology 33
A. Required Courses 9
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Methods of Sociological Research (or Statistics)
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Sociology Electives*
  • American Minority Groups
  • Comparative Social Analysis
  • Comparative Social Issues
  • Gerontology
  • Individual and Society
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Political Sociology
  • Population Theory and Problems
  • Social Bases of the Arts
  • Social Change
  • Social Movements
  • Social Problems
  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Sociology of Death and Dying
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Sociology of Law
  • Sociology of Mass Media
  • Sociology of Minority Groups
  • Sociology of Poverty and Welfare
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Sex Roles
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Violence and Conflict
  • Sociology of Work/Organizations
  • Urban Sociology
  • Women in Contemporary Society
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 27
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other Sociology courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note 1: The following DSST exam OR online course may be used as an elective in the sociology area of study: DSST exam: Substance Abuse (3 credits); SOS-304-OL: Drugs and Society (3 credits).

Note 2: SOS-304-OL: Drugs and Society DUPLICATES DSST exam: Substance Abuse.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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